First time posting here, looking to build my first PC. Current PC is a dinosaur that can't even run TF2, let alone any PC title from pretty much the last 6 years. Was looking to build my own PC this time, preferably not wanting to spend any more than $600, $700 at the absolute max, but my current parts list sorta overshot that budget by a few hundred dollars. In addition to getting some advice on what I can cut back on and any possible improvements, I'd like some critiquing on how (conceptually, at least) my first try at a homebuilt rig is.
Approximate Purchase Date: Around 4 months from now
Budget Range: Would like to not spend over $600, but if need be I'll be willing to spend as much as $700
System Usage from Most Important to Least Important: Gaming, transcoding high definition video, playback of high definition video and blu-ray discs, livestreaming games for friends (PC and console), surfing the internet
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: CPU, motherboard, PSU, RAM, case, GPU
Parts to Keep: 2TB 3.5" SATA HDD w/ Windows 7, 1.5TB 3.5" external SATA HDD, 5.25" DVD-RAM optical drive/writer
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, although I'm no stranger to other sites
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, nVIDIA GPU
SLI or Crossfire: In the future
Your Monitor Resolution: 1280x720 32" HDTV
Additional Comments: Would like a big case with plenty of airflow, easy access to the the internals, plenty of room for future expansion and upgrading, and plenty of modularity. Would like a motherboard and CPU that can easily last for at least 5 or 6 years. I plan on upgrading and expanding a lot over the next few years, so I'd just like the essentials for now.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: It's time I upgraded from Core 2 Duo/2GB DDR2/Intel Q35 graphics/small form factor case that allows no room for expansion
Looks good mate. But what you could do is spend a little less on the motherboard and get a better graphic card. Believe it or not, even if you buy an ASrock Extreme4 and get a better graphic card, you'll get better performance than what you'll be getting with this build. The graphic card is the main thing. That's what I've realized being a (kind of) computer specialist and enthusiast.